Edison has made a new brush dump in the Temporary Fire Refuge area above the Trout Club. I have objected to this to the independent contractor (Browns Industries) and SB Roads. The dump should be gone sometime soon and not to return. This area is a vital staging area for fire crews and could be an emergency life saver for mountain residents caught in a wildfire.
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Thank you for posting this Gordon. We were wondering who was generating that pile. I spoke with Dave, from Browns Construction this afternoon - I think that's who you spoke to as well. He said that area should be cleared out by Friday (as well as taking Cal Trans' dirt pile) and they will find another area to stage their cut brush.
From what I have gathered, brushing around the poles is mandatory (which is where that pile came from) - unless there is obvious landscaping, fruit trees, ect. I was told individual homeowners with a pole on their property can post a small sign stating "No Spray" or some such, and then they will just clear (if need be), take a picture of the pole and sign, but not spray. There is one pole on PC Rd. that sits on top of a wet weather creek about 200' above the Maria Ygnacio headwaters, as well as being neighbor to two olive trees with irrigation. Dave said that shouldn't have been sprayed - more so for the olive trees than the creek and will send a crew up to scrape up the contaminated dirt and that, too, should be done by Friday.
So far, I have cautious optimism regarding this company. They have been very responsive, forthcoming and available to hear concerns of our community members.